NCAAF: SEC Title Game Odds
Whether or not you agree with the NCAA’s decision to reinstate Cam Newton, it’s nice that there won’t be that distraction in the SEC title game this weekend when No. 2 Auburn faces No. 18 South Carolina.
The college football line hasn’t shifted much; it opened at 5 points at books like Sportsbook.ag and Bovada; Sportsbook.ag expanded it to 6 but Bovada held it at 5. Both of those books have the over/under at 61.5.
Even though South Carolina was excellent against the run this season, ranking fourth in the country, bettors are still trending toward picking Auburn. If Newton (see the short odds to win the Heisman Trophy at Bovada where he leads the pack) could lead the Tigers to 28 unanswered points at Alabama, he almost looks invincible. Auburn is 5-0 against the spread in its last five against the SEC.
The OVER could be a smart play on these SEC title game odds, too; five of Auburn’s last six games as a favorite have gone over the total.
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Big 12 Title: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Oklahoma Sooners
The Big 12 title game has been a tough one for bettors to prepare for all week with No. 13 Nebraska’s injury picture so cloudy. Taylor Martinez is still questionable with an ankle injury and may not start at quarterback for Nebraska against No. 10 Oklahoma. This college football line has zigzagged all over the place this week. At Bovada, the odds went from 3.5 all the way to 6.5 in Oklahoma’s favor only to tighten to 4 points. The total is 53 points at most books, including Bovada.
If Martinez plays and gets Nebraska’s offense somewhere near full strength, the Cornhuskers could still be a solid upset pick. Oklahoma’s 67th-ranked run defense could have trouble stopping them.
Oregon already has the Pac-10 locked up but it has plenty to play for this week as it puts its undefeated record and national No. 1 rank to the test against Oregon State. Bovada, Bovada and pretty much every major book has Oregon favored by 16 points on the road and the over/under at 64.
Oregon continues to absolutely dominate offensively, leading the nation in total yards (546.7) and points (50.5) per game. The easiest decision for bettors to make here: betting the OVER. If the Ducks alone can cover 50 of the 64 points – and the last eight meetings between these two teams have gone over the total – it’s a pretty safe bet to pick the over.
Since Oregon State allows 165.3 rushing yards per game, it won’t be a surprise if Oregon’s star, LaMichael James, goes off and helps the Ducks cover the spread. James has 1,568 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns this season; he’s the vital cog in Oregon’s third-ranked rushing offense, which averages 306.6 yards per game.